Results 41–60 of 319 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stuart McDonald

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I agree entirely. In a nutshell, that is the point of my speech. We have an opportunity now to pause and look at what has happened and the impact it has had. When the proposals come under scrutiny, the business case for change looks decidedly dodgy, and it is also proving something of a moveable feast.

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I happily join my hon. Friend in making that call of the Minister. In essence, there are strong reasons for a moratorium on further implementation of the “Building our Future” programme, while HMRC, Parliament and the public can take stock, scrutinise what has happened in areas that have already experienced change, and consider whether all the further moves make sense. Since the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: European Arrest Warrant (31 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Surely the Minister can make it clear that the Government’s priority must be continued participation in the European arrest warrant and that that must come ahead of his obsession with ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

Independent Review: Deaths in Police Custody (30 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I thank the Minister for his statement, and like him I thank Dame Elish Angiolini and her colleagues for their invaluable work. In her report, Dame Elish speaks of the humbling dignity and tenacity of the families of those who have died in police custody, and like the Minister and the shadow Home Secretary, the right hon. Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott), I pay...

Modern Slavery Act 2015: Global LGBT Rights (26 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Milton Keynes South (Iain Stewart), but I start by paying tribute to the right hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Nick Herbert) for securing this debate and to the all-party parliamentary group on global lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights for its hard work in keeping this important human rights issue high on the agenda. As we...

Modern Slavery Act 2015 (26 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I congratulate the hon. Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker) and his colleagues on securing this timely and important debate. I thank all the right hon. and hon. Members who have taken part today for their thoughtful and powerful speeches. I recently had the pleasure of visiting the impressive International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, which powerfully, shockingly and bravely sets out the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Scotland (26 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: What recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on his departmental priorities for Scotland after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Scotland (26 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Since 2013, this Government have short-changed farmers in Scotland of £160 million of CAP convergence money. Will the Secretary of State commit to urgently change how those funds are distributed, not after 2020, but imminently?

English Language Teaching: Refugees (24 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: The Minister mentioned the importance of English for Syrian and other refugees who are resettled here and for those who arrive spontaneously. Will he answer the question asked by the right hon. Member for Meriden (Dame Caroline Spelman) about why access to ESOL and funding are different for those who are resettled and for people who might be from the same street in Syria but arrive here...

English Language Teaching: Refugees (24 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Does the Minister not recognise that that is something like a 40% decline in the numbers from just three or four years ago? Is that not the effect of funding cuts? It is all very well to say that we need to look carefully at how we spend the money, but those cuts have had a pretty drastic effect.

English Language Teaching: Refugees (24 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: rose—

English Language Teaching: Refugees (24 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Will the Minister give way?

English Language Teaching: Refugees (24 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Will the Minister give way?

English Language Teaching: Refugees (24 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I, too, congratulate the right hon. Member for Meriden (Dame Caroline Spelman) on securing the debate. One of the issues that has been most badly neglected since we became all-consumed with Brexit is the refugee and migration crisis, so the opportunity to debate one small aspect of how we respond to that crisis and how we go...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Of course the aims of universal credit are welcome, but the simple fact is that full service roll-out is not delivering them. Instead, in too many cases it is causing confusion, stress, financial crises, arrears and debt, and is threatening families with homelessness, including in Kirkintilloch in my constituency. If the Government are serious about their original ambitions for the roll-out,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Another day, another awful story of a family split apart by the Government’s draconian family visa rules, this time the Newton family. When will the Home Secretary scrap the ludicrous income threshold and the other unwarranted requirements for spouse and partner visas?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Stuart McDonald: The Bill provides dangerous and sweeping powers to Ministers, rides roughshod through the devolution settlements, removes important legal protections and creates legal uncertainty, so, like most Opposition Members, I will definitely vote against Second Reading tonight. Lots has already been said about the extraordinary proposed powers for Ministers in various Henry VIII clauses, to which the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I do not necessarily agree with the right hon. Gentleman, nor do I have faith that even the affirmative procedure is necessarily a proper safeguard against wide-ranging powers such as those in the Bill. Such power does not belong in a Henry VIII clause at all. Limits could be placed on the powers in the Bill at later stages. We could perhaps restrict which matters could be dealt with by...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Had the hon. Gentleman listened to my hon. Friend the Member for North East Fife (Stephen Gethins) earlier, he would have heard him mention agriculture, the environment and fishing. If he bears with me, I shall come to that point in just a moment. The Länder and the individual states of the United States are lucky that they are protected by a proper constitution; it seems that all our...

International Day of Democracy (6 Sep 2017)

Stuart McDonald: We may not have had a huge number of contributions, but we have definitely had some very powerful, thoughtful and varied ones. The hon. Member for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (Andrew Bowie) put me to shame: within three or four months of his election he has already participated in a trip to try to help support democracy abroad. It has taken me more than two years since my election even...


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